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A. L. PHIPPS FAMILY 'Old Time Mountain Pickin' & Singin' STAR-0840-CD


Kentucky's Phipps Family had a sound remarkably similar to that of the Carter Family, and for a time in the late 1950s and 1960s the group gained a good measure of popularity, issuing several LPs on the Starday label, one for the Folkways company, and numerous 45rpm and LP issues on their own Pine Mountain label. With A.L. Phipps and his wife Kathleen having passed away some years ago, it looks like this CD is the only example of their music that is currently available to the general public. Though primarily known for their renditions of old Carter Family songs, there is just one example of that here --a nice recording of POOR ORPHAN CHILD. The remaining pieces, while very much reflecting the Carter influence, are a variety of gospel and topical songs like KENTUCKY MINE EXPLOSION, THE ENGINEER'S LAST RIDE, DEATH'S BLACK TRAIN, DEATH OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN, etc.